It Is Morally Wrong To Post Cartoons Of The Islamic Prophet Mohammed

The reason is one upon which Christians, liberals, and conservatives can all agree

Glenn Rocess

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National tribute to beheaded French teacher Samuel Paty. (msn.com)

Before saying another word, the beheading of the teacher in a quiet suburban French town northwest of Paris — like the massacre of the reporters and staff of Charlie Hebdo in 2015 — is an inexcusable crime for which the murderer must face the full weight of French justice. That being said, we in the free-speech-loving Western world need to step back for a moment and realize the part our multinational society has played in these atrocities. It all boils down to respect for the beliefs of others, and the social price we must be willing to pay should we do what we know will deeply offend them.

For instance, in America it is our First Amendment right to use the “n-word” in almost any context, but it’s also well understood that with few exceptions, the one using the word will not just pay a social price by being ostracized by one’s non-racist peers, but will likely be fired from their jobs and left to whine on social media, “I’m not racist! I’ve got a Black friend!” Except from their fellow racists, such people receive precisely zero pity from their fellow Americans, and often become the online object of humorous derision du jour.

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Glenn Rocess

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.